Guests at Adare Manor in County Limerick can the practice of falconry and archery, horse riding and fishing in the 840 sweeping acres.
(Via Adare Manor)
Get ready to look like royalty in this incredible Irish castles that let you step back in history: They are all available for rent on HomeAway.com or Airbnb.com.
1. Lisheen Castle, County Tipperary
The estate features nine bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen for entertaining.
For the ultimate Irish fairy tale experience, rent this entire 7,000-square-meter 19th-century castle, just a two hour drive from Dublin Airport. With nine rooms, it can handle large groups and features a fully equipped kitchen for cooking meals for your crew. Open your windows and look out on the seemingly endless rolling green fields and mountains in the distance, just as the owners would have done 200 years ago. The castle the location is conveniently located for day trips to the many attractions such as the Cliffs of Moher and the Rock of Cashel.
2. Carraigin Castle, County Galway
The beautiful building dates from the 13th century.
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This restored 13th-century castle is located along one of the largest lakes in Ireland, Lough Corrib, offering a variety of water activities for your stay, including fishing, boating and swimming. Carraigin Castle, which sits on seven rolling acres, stands as an example of a medieval hall house, with a hall full of tapestries and the stone stairs. In addition to double-and king-size bedrooms, there are medieval arcades with even more beds that ensure a fun adventure for children.
3. Killahara Castle, County Tipperary
The ultra-romantic penthouse suite offers a claw-footed tub and a beautiful view.
Although this Celtic fortress, built in 1550 , is the old, the tower of castle house has been recently renovated and offers seven bedrooms and three bathrooms are equipped with showers. For an ultra-romantic experience, stay in the penthouse suite, which comes with a claw-footed tub and a beautiful view. Don’t miss the original steep spiral stairs, which by all five of the castle’s floors.
4. Killaghy Castle, County Tipperary
The luxurious 10,000-square-foot space is replete with modern amenities, such as Wi-fi.
A historic Norman castle dating back to 1206, this rental has a luxurious 10,000 square feet of space centrally located in the southeast of Ireland, with space for up to 20 people. Cozy by one of her marble fireplace (wood provided) and enjoy many modern conveniences, Wi-fi in a professional catering kitchen. Children will enjoy the playground and tennis courts.
5. Ballyhannon Castle In County Clare.
The cozy 600-year-old castle looks like something out of a storybook.
Step in the middle ages in this 600 year-old castle with stone walls and stairs, ceilings with wooden beams, a 100-meter-high tower, and even suits of armor. The owners say that many couples have gotten engaged and married during a stay in castles and it is also a popular place to celebrate milestone occasions, such as birthdays, graduations, or anniversaries. Be sure to have a pint of Guinness in the castle bar, before you go home.
6. Adare Manor, County Limerick
The stunning hotel has its own golf course, a spa, restaurants and even a cinema.
(Via Adare Manor)
Built in the 1800s, this fairy-tale castle converted into a hotel, that sits along the River Maigue in Adare Village, with a private golf course, a spa, restaurants and even a cinema. The 840-acre grounds at Adare Manor are the formal French gardens, mature trees and parks where you can practice falconry and archery, horse riding or fishing for trout. Make sure that a walk is one of the most impressive areas of the castle: the more than 100-meter-long Gallery inspired by the hall of mirrors of Versailles in France.
7. Abbeyglen Castle Hotel In County Galway
Enjoy the view on the sea and the mountains from this beautiful property.
Just a few minutes from Clifden Town in County Galway, and at the beginning of the famous-scenic Sky Road, the Abbeyglen Castle Hotel provides many of the smaller rooms to rent on Airbnb. Built in 1832, the hotel has both the mountains and the sea, has extensive gardens and an on-site restaurant. All bookings include breakfast, and be sure to say “Hello” to their friendly parrot who greets you in the lobby. When you’re ready to get out and about, don’t miss nearby Connemara National Park, Kylemore Abbey, the Aran Islands, and Connemara Golf Links.
8. Annes Grove Miniature Castle, County Cork
The Gothic-style castle is located on a quiet road.
As a grand castle sounds too daunting, try Annes Grove Miniature Castle. The Gothic-style castle dating back to 1853, and is a perfect romantic getaway. Along quiet country roads, the rent has only one bedroom, reached by a narrow spiral stone staircase, and many charming included vaulted ceilings, a wood burning stove, arched passageways, and a picturesque garden. Like any true castle, it has its own turret, and the coat-of-arms, of course. Looking for other castles to rent?
9. Fanningstown Castle, County Limerick
You’ll be surrounded by dairy farms when you hire this castle, which grants guests full access to the entire property.
This Gothic style Irish castle, surrounded by dairy farms filled with cows grazing in green fields, go back to the 12th century to the middle ages. Guests can enjoy the entire castle, which has five bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. Relax by the fireplace in the living room, tickle the piano at the library, the piano, and on a warm day, eating outside on the enclosed patio with grill. The property is just a few minutes from the charming village of Adare with pubs, restaurants and shops in abundance.
10. Knappogue Castle, County Clare.
The gardens are an ideal place for a quiet walk.
For a picturesque setting for your Irish castle getaway, consider Knappogue Castle, a medieval tower built in 1432. The castle, the gardens, including a formal rose garden and a walled garden, are highlights, and are perfect for a quiet walk. Guests stay in the reception area of the apartments in the castle, which consists of three bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, lounge with baby grand piano, and dining room. Oh, and did we mention that they have their own brand of whiskey? That is a must-have souvenir!
11. Cahercastle, County Galway
Stay in the highest room in the tower – with access to the tower.
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The owners of this lovingly restored 1400 castle opens the doors of their house to the master bedroom, which also happens to be the highest room in the structure with the access to the tower. You’ll also have private use of living room, kitchen and a bath. Cahercastle is located approximately 25 minutes from Galway city centre and 45 minutes from Shannon Airport.
12. Victoria Drummond Tower, County Louth
The castle was built in the memory of the owner’s mother, Victoria.
Located in the north-east of Ireland, approximately 45 minutes from Dublin, Victoria Drummond Tower is a Victorian structure built in 1858 in the memory of the owner’s mother, Victoria. There are four floors, including the rooftop terrace offers panoramic countryside views and at night watching the stars. The second floor queen bedroom with shower and bath is ideal for two. The guests can also access the ground floor kitchen and the first floor living room.
13. Hatch’s Castle, County Louth
Stay in a private suite, just big enough for two.
Stay in a private room, just large enough for two, in Liege, the castle, once a 14th-century fortified house. Guests are welcome to explore the entire castle, including the living room with fireplace and windows overlooking the main street, and the walled garden and cobbled yard. Ready to explore? A walk outside the castle in the town of Ardee, where a variety of shops and restaurants. Just a 20-minute drive from great attractions nearby, including Melifont Abbey, Battle of Boyne site, Slane castle.
14. Ballytarsna-Hackett Castle, County Tipperary
Live like a king in the fortress changed family home.
An example of a 15 century tower house, Ballytarsna-Hackett Castle once served as a fort and a home of the family. Guests stay in the top story of the castle, which is accessed via 64 stone steps. The climb is well worth it: you will find a four-poster bed, a bathroom with toilet, a library, a sitting area and views of the Rock of Cashel. Children—and adults—will love, that the area comes with access to the castle dungeon, where the year 1536 is carved into the wall. Sounds like a fairy tale?
15. Shankill Castle, County Kilkenny
The current owners are artists, historians, and archaeologists.
Shankill Castle, located in Ireland is the Ancient near East, about an hour southwest of Dublin, was originally a tower house, which was rebuilt in 1708 as a Queen Anne-style house. The current owners are artists, historians, and archaeologists. Guests can roam the five bedrooms, living rooms, mini kitchen and the garden, which feature a water garden and a walled garden.
This article originally appeared in Reader’s Digest.